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  • Overview of Cheniere’s sale and purchase contracts
    Energy & Utilities

    Overview of Cheniere’s sale and purchase contracts

    Cheniere Energy, Inc.’s MLP company’s Sabine Pass liquefaction project has already secured four fixed-price, 20-year sales and purchase agreements with third parties.

    By Keisha Bandz
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Analysts Recommend for Novartis in March 2018

    As discussed earlier, Novartis (NVS) reported EPS (earnings per share) of $1.21 on revenues of $12.9 billion during 4Q17.

    By Mike Benson
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    Earnings Report

    How Has Shell’s Stock Performed ahead of Its 4Q16 Earnings?

    On January 20, 2016, Shell began recuperating from the falls it had experienced in the previous year. Shell has risen 49% since January 20, 2016.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the Japan Services PMI Improved in June 2017

    The Japan Services PMI (EWJ) (DXJ) stood at 53.3 in June 2017 compared to 53.0 in May 2017. It met the market expectation of 53.2.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Consumer Activity Is on the Rise in India

    Consumer spending in India (INDL) stood at ~17.8 trillion rupees in 4Q16, an 11% increase compared to 16.0 trillion rupees in 3Q16.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Earnings Report

    Inside Roche’s Strategy to Offset Revenue Declines

    Roche’s big three contributors include MabThera/Rituxan, Herceptin, and Avastin, which accounted for 14.7%, 13.9% and 13.7% of revenues in fiscal 1Q16.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Financials

    Everything Is Being Repriced after the Brexit Vote, Says Marc Lasry

    The Brexit referendum results are already playing havoc with the European and other world capital markets.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    George Soros: Brexit May Spark Disintegration in the European Union

    With the Brexit vote, the European Union’s disintegration has already begun. The pound is already at historic lows against the US dollar (UUP).

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Bill Gross: What’s His New Normal Thesis?

    Recently, Gross has been repeatedly mentioning a “new normal” that the developed world seems to be in. Real GDP growth is around 2% in the US.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Bill Gross: Possibility of Deglobalization in the Economy

    Gross warned about deglobalization in the global economy. Trade between nations, exacerbating immigration issues, and stagnant economic growth formed his belief.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Basic Materials

    Two reasons ConocoPhillips could retain investor confidence

    ConocoPhillips might retain investor confidence because of its strong earnings and production growth and its geographical and project diversity.

    By Keisha Bandz
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Russia’s Service Activity Looked in December 2017

    According to a report by Markit Economics, Russia’s service PMI (purchasing managers’ index) showed a weaker improvement in December as compared to November 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Anoro Ellipta May Boost GlaxoSmithKline’s Respiratory Franchise Revenues

    Anoro Elipta earned revenues of close to 233 million pounds in the first nine months of 2017, which is 77% year-over-year (or YoY) growth on a reported basis and 63% YoY growth on a constant exchange rate (or CER) basis.

    By Margaret Patrick
  • uploads///Mexicos Manufacturing PMI in December
    Healthcare

    What Does Mexico’s Manufacturing PMI Indicate?

    According to a report by Markit Economics, Mexico’s (EWW) manufacturing activity showed a slightly weaker improvement in December as compared to November 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Russias Services PMI in November
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Russia’s Service Sector Strengthened in November 2017

    Russia’s service sector in November According to a report by Markit Economics, Russia’s service PMI (purchasing managers’ index) showed a solid improvement in November 2017, rising to 57.4 from 53.9 in October. The figure beat the market expectation of 55.0 and marked the highest rise since January 2017.   The strong improvement in Russia’s service PMI […]

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Japan Services PMI in November
    Healthcare

    Why Japan Services PMI Didn’t Meet Expectations in November

    The Japan Services PMI fell in November 2017. It came in at 51.2 compared to 53.4 in October. It didn’t meet the market expectation of 52.0.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Japan Services PMI in October
    Healthcare

    Why Japan’s Services PMI Improved Solidly in October 2017

    Japan’s services PMI (EWJ) (DXJ) rose solidly in October 2017. It stood at 53.4 in October 2017 compared to 51.0 in September 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Japan Services PMI in September
    Healthcare

    Why Japan’s Services PMI Has Been Falling Gradually

    According to the report provided by Markit Economics, Japan’s services PMI (EWJ) (DXJ) stood at 51.0 in September 2017 compared to 51.6 in August 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Business Confidence in South Korea Steady in July
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    South Korea’s Business Confidence Remains Steady in July 2017

    Business confidence in the manufacturing sector in South Korea (EWY) has remained stable at 78 in July 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Earnings Report

    GlaxoSmithKline’s Valuations after Its 2Q17 Earnings

    On July 28, 2017, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) traded at a forward PE multiple of 13.4x, which is slightly lower than the industry average of 15.2x.

    By Mike Benson
  • uploads///South Korean Market Continues to Surge in July
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Equities in South Korea Rise with Tech Rally in July 2017

    South Korean equities are soaring in 2017, with the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (or KOSPI), its benchmark index, reaching an all-time high of 2,451.5 in July 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Indias Rising Consumer Spending in Q
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is Consumer Spending Rising in India amid Reforms in 2017?

    Consumer spending in India (INDA) is expected to grow via remonetization and other reforms undertaken by its government in 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///China Manufacturing PMI Improves in June
    Industrials

    Will China’s Rebound in Manufacturing Activity Continue in 2017?

    Manufacturing activity in China expanded in June 2017 compared to its fall in May. Chinese manufacturing activity is showing a mixed outlook for economic growth in 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Chile Records Small Trade Surplus in June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Sluggish Mining Sector and Chile’s Trade Surplus in June

    Chile’s economy is highly dependent on copper mining activities. The recent long strike at BHP Billiton’s Escondida copper mine continues to impact Chile.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Bydureon Auto-Injector May Boost the Drug’s Sales in Future Years

    The combined product sales of Bydureon and Byetta globally in 1Q17 was ~$199 million, which represents 1% YoY growth on a reported basis.

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Macroeconomic Analysis

    Did the UK Election Affect Manufacturing in June?

    The UK’s manufacturing PMI recorded a weaker improvement in June 2017. It stood at 54.3 in June compared to 56.3 in May.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    AstraZeneca Aims to Offer Multiple Therapies in NSCLC Segment

    EGFR mutant NSCLC has become a major market opportunity for AstraZeneca’s drugs Tagrisso and Iressa.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Japan’s Falling Retail Sales Indicate for the Economy

    According to the data provided by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan’s retail sales rose to 2% in May 2017 on a yearly basis.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Indian Equities Continue its Surge in June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Indian Equity Markets: Waiting for the GST?

    Indian equities have remained steady in June 2017, but markets remain cautious about the end of the quarter, given the impact of the GST (Goods and Services Tax).

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Qatar’s Exports Could Rise despite the Crisis in 2017

    Qatar’s exports stood at 20.2 billion riyals in May 2017—an increase of 8% compared to a fall of 5% in the previous month.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Japan Services PMI in May
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Services PMI Strengthened, Impacted the Economy

    Japan’s services PMI stood at 53 in May 2017—compared to 52.2 in April 2017. It met the market’s expectations of 53.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Did Chile’s Copper Mine Strike Impact Its Economic Growth in 1Q17?

    Chile’s economy grew 0.1% on a year-over-year basis in 1Q17, lower than the 0.5% expansion in 1Q16.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Indian Manufacturing PMI on Rise
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    India’s Manufacturing Activity in May 2017

    The Nikkei Manufacturing PMI in India dropped to 51.6 in May 2017 compared to 52.5 in April 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///China Manufacturing PMI on Decline
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Look at China’s Manufacturing Activity in 2017

    China’s (FXI) economic activity slowed down in May 2017 as the country’s manufacturing activity touched its 11-month low.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    South Korea Maintains Interest Rate, Inflation Nears Target Rate

    South Korea’s economy in 2017 Asia’s (VPL) (EPP) fourth-largest economy, South Korea’s (EWY), showed some moderate signs of recovery in 1Q17. Improved global (ACWI) (VT) economic conditions have boosted the country’s exports and investments in the last two quarters. South Korea’s central bank has kept the key interest rate steady, and inflation has remained close […]

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Rising Prices of Newly Built Houses in China
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Increasing Debt Level and Real Estate Bubble

    Increasing credit in China is resulting in the real estate bubble. China’s real estate bubble is a threat to economic growth in emerging markets.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Shell’s Volatility: A Look at Its Beta

    Shell’s beta In this part, we’ll compare Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDS.A) beta with peers’. We’ve considered the 90-day beta, which depicts how much a stock moves for a given move in the market for 90 days. Shell’s 90-day beta stands at 0.94, lower than integrated energy stocks’ average 90-day beta of 1.0. In comparison, Statoil’s […]

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is Brazil Showing Improvement in Its Economic Growth?

    Brazil’s economy is currently emerging from a severe and prolonged recession. Some reasons for the slump in the country’s economy were political uncertainty and lower consumer and business confidence.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Miscellaneous

    Analysts’ Ratings for Chevron after Its Earnings

    After its earnings, 18 of the analysts assigned “buy” ratings to Chevron, eight analysts assigned “hold” ratings, and none of them assigned “sell” ratings.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    BP Approves Mad Dog Phase 2: A Revised, Economical Deepwater Project

    On December 1, BP (BP) announced that it approved its deepwater project, Mad Dog Phase 2. Consisting of a floating production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the project is expected to produce 140,000 barrels of crude oil per day starting in 2021.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Earnings Report

    Analyzing Suncor’s Stock Reaction to Surprise Earnings

    Suncor Energy (SU) announced its 3Q16 earnings on October 26 after market hours. On the day, in anticipation of results, SU opened at $28.9.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    International Monetary Fund Weighs in on Slowing Global Economy

    In its October World Economic Outlook report, the IMF estimated that the global economy will likely continue to slow down, reaching growth of 3.1% in 2016.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyst Ratings: ExxonMobil, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, and BP

    BP has the highest number of “hold” ratings among the four stocks we’re discussing in this series. For BP, 62% of analysts have given a “hold” rating.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Earnings Report

    Petrobras’s 2Q16 Earnings Miss Estimates

    Petrobras posted its 2Q16 results on August 11, 2016. Before we proceed with an earnings review, let’s look at PBR’s 2Q16 performance compared to estimates.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Earnings Report

    Petrobras’s Pre-Earnings Results Implied Volatility

    Petrobras’s (PBR) implied volatility currently stands at 62.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Earnings Report

    What Does the Fall in Total’s Short Interest Mean?

    Total SA (TOT) has witnessed a 65% fall in its short interest since February 2016. This indicates that the bearish sentiment for the stock is weakening.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The World Bank Has News about the Global Economy, and It’s Not Good

    In its 25th annual Global Economic Prospects report, the World Bank did not have many good things to say about the global economy in 2016.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Will the Shell–BG Merger Save Costs for Shell?

    Shell plans to reduce its operating costs from $46 billion in 2015 to ~$40 billion in 2016. These cost reductions are expected to result in huge savings.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why China Could Surprise Markets to the Upside

    The massive financial stimulus package unleashed in China (MCHI) appears to be supporting economic growth in 2016 and 2017.

    By Aberdeen Closed-End Funds
  • uploads///A China PLR
    Company & Industry Overviews

    China’s Unleashing a Massive Stimulus to Boost the Economy

    China’s (FXI) (MCHI) government initiated various stimulus measures to arrest the slowing growth. Currently, the bank lending rate is at a record low.

    By Aberdeen Closed-End Funds
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Roche Is Trading at a Discount on a Price-to-Earnings Basis

    On March 7, 2016, Roche Holding was trading at a forward PE multiple of 15.25x, which appears to be at a discount compared with Bristol-Myers Squibb.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Chevron Will Benefit from Its Gorgon Project

    Chevron has started LNG production from its Gorgon project. Gorgon, a $54 billion subsea gas project, has the capacity to produce 2.6 bcf of natural gas and 20,000 barrels of condensate per day.

    By Maitali Ramkumar
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    Fund Managers

    Bridgewater Associates Establishes New Position in PotashCorp

    In 4Q14, Bridgewater Associates started a new position in Potash Corporaton of Saskatchewan, or PotashCorp (POT).

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Earnings Report

    How falling crude oil prices will affect ConocoPhillips’ earnings

    Falling crude oil prices will cause ConocoPhillips’ earnings to decline by about $35–$40 million for each $1 change in WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude.

    By Keisha Bandz
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    Earnings Report

    A key analysis of ConocoPhillips’ capex breakdown for 2015

    ConocoPhillips’ capex breakdown for 2015 includes major projects, development drilling, exploration and appraisal, and base maintenance.

    By Keisha Bandz
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    Miscellaneous

    Who are Rice Midstream’s major customers?

    Rice Energy is Rice Midstream’s largest customer. For 2015, Rice Energy is projected to represent about 84% of Rice Midstream’s gathering volumes.

    By Keisha Bandz
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    Miscellaneous

    Key update on Rice Midstream’s assets

    Rice Midstream Partners’ (RMP) initial assets consist of natural gas gathering and compression assets in the Marcellus Shale in southwestern Pennsylvania.

    By Keisha Bandz
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    Miscellaneous

    Rice Energy’s new structure and Rice Midstream’s future plans

    Rice Energy owns 100% of the equity interests of Rice Energy Appalachia, which in turn holds 100% of the equity interests of Rice Midstream Holdings.

    By Keisha Bandz
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    Miscellaneous

    Brief overview of the Rice Midstream IPO

    On December 8, Rice Energy announced the IPO of Rice Midstream Partners, which will acquire and operate midstream assets in the Marcellus and Utica Shales.

    By Keisha Bandz
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    Energy & Utilities

    A must-read introduction to Mexico’s energy industry

    Mexico’s energy reforms mean that oil giants such as Chevron Corp. (CVX), Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) will get access to Mexico’s oil reserves.

    By Keisha Bandz
  • Why Williams Partners is strongly leveraged to the Marcellus Shale
    Energy & Utilities

    Why Williams Partners is strongly leveraged to the Marcellus Shale

    Williams Partners LP (WPZ) is a leading diversified master limited partnership focused on natural gas gathering and processing. WPZ has major operations in the Marcellus Shale.

    By Keisha Bandz
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